beernbourbon (1213) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler thanks to Adam in a recent trade, thanks a ton! Enjoyed along side Society and Solitude #5. Pour is cloudy light orange with a smallish white head. Still quite nicely carbonated. Aroma is a little less aggressive than the SS5. Loaded with light pine, grapefruit, faint resin. Notes of resin, pineapple, and grapfruit seem to be the most elevated aromas. Flavor is true to nose with the hop profile being a bit more on the resinous side as compared to SS5, but the profile is still loaded with citrus notes too. maybe a touch of ash in the finish too. Very late hay on a few of the sips too. A more cohesive beer than SS5, but there are no bad options with these beers. Delightful.
patrickfannon (1202) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Blind Tiger for the Hill Farmstead event with James. Pours an electric, glowingly hazy, turbid nectarine orange with a rich, frothy, gorgeous streaky pristine white head. Cathedral window arch lacing throughout the session. The nose is an invitingly mellow, yet misleadingly complex, boquet; freah cream mixes with orange marmalade, chamomile, lavender, piney hop resin, zesty grapefruit juice, apricot, and sublte notes of peaches and earth. These scents follow through cleanly onto flavors of orange sherbert, honey, and smooth, subtle bitter hop. This is an outstandingly rich, intricate, smooth double IPA. Very well done and drinkable.
MeadMe (1172) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours golden with nice head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Flavor is nice pine with hints of caramel. Hints of citrus poke through make this quite a treat. Another wonderful HF brew.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft pour at the farmhouse in burlington. Nice orangish color with a nice thick white head. Well balanced and smooth for such a strong beer. Nice bitterness.
HonusWagner (1048) - Florida, USA - APR 5, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 Whatís this? An East Coast IPA that would stand out even amongst the great West Coast IPAs? Dank tropical and citrus fruit aromas, light crisp malt giving perfect body, really, really good.
ketchepillar (1022) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler at Black Friday tasting. Great aroma. Super fresh hoppiness. Cat pee. Slightly sweet, but not all that much considering the ABV.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml, swing-top growler, courtesy of baconsausage on BA. thanks, tucker! super stoked to get this one fresh as hell. pours a gorgeous , clear, honey-gold with a rich, creamy, pure white head with excellent retention that leaves bubbly rings of lace around the edges. aroma is absolutely fantastic with an elegant balance of sweet floral esters, pine resins, and pink grapefruit backed by beautiful tropical fruit notes of pineapple, guava, apricot, and kiwi with subtle hints of honey and vanilla as is settles in the glass. flavor is simply magnifiscent with massive tropical notes of mango, guava, pineapple, and honeydew up front backed by citrus rinds, and subtle, spicy, pine esters that transition to bitter, grassy hops that add a great balance to the tropical sweetness. palate is medium bodied and amazingly drinkable at 10.3% with perfect carbonation and a fruity, bitter finish that leaves me longing for another sip. overall, an utter gem of a dipa that definitely stands up to the big guns in the style.
brystmar (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brouwerij Lane!
Bright orange, slightly cloudy. Creamy white head and lace adorn the goblet. Grapefruit and fresh hops in the nose arenít as bold as other HF offerings, but admittedly thatís a ridiculous standard.
Ephraim is intense; strongly piney. Much more bitter flavor profile than any other HF DIPA Iíve tasted. Aggressively fruited with tons of grapefruit and bitter orange peel. Reminds me of biting too close to the rind of an orange. Boozy, very hoppy.
Massively viscous body for an IPA, and I love it. Another stellar offering from HF; these guys can do no wrong.
PriorL (897) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle at home. Shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: clouded blond beer, UFOís, off white stable large head.
NOSE: hoppy, fruity, peppery, some peaches.
TASTE: peppery, quite heavy, little alcohol noticeable.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to partner Mike (Gushue3) for filling this guy up for me and to Sean (I think) providing my second tasting of this brew. Never thought Iíd get to try it and I get it twice in one weekend! Poured from a 750ml Hill Farmstead growler and served in a Founders snifter.
A: Pours a chilled hazy amber color, but clears up once it warms up, with a one finger fluffed white head that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet fruits, grapefruits, apples, some pine and a little booze all fill those nose. Such extreme variations in hops is really an explosion to the nose. You can also pick up some malts somehow.
T: The taste is just exploding as the nose. Buttery and fruity with a nice sugary sweetness. The main fruit Iím picking out is a sweet apple for some reason. Little resin/pine quality with a full malt body. Finish is a slightly bitter.
M: Medium to light bodied with a nice bubbly carbonation and a very refreshing quality. The drinkability is ridiculous. I could drink this all day, every day.
O: This is my first Hill Farmstead beer and it was great. There was a lot going on with all the hop variations, but it worked out nicely and the drinkability was insane. If only Vermont wasnít an 18 hour drive.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 10-17-2011